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FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast, the UK’s most easterly folk festival, is to welcome audiences to Suffolk for a live event this month after all. In April, in common with most other 2020 folk festivals, husband and wife directors John and Becky Marshall-Potter reluctantly decided to postpone...

Making an exhibition of themselves

Making an exhibition of themselves

Missed your local art galleries and museums during lock down? Mancunian folk fusionists Harp & A Monkey certainly have. “As soon as you enter and the door closes behind you the chaos of the street disappears,” muses front man Martin Purdy, “it’s like being...

I Want To Hear Those Bright Songs Tonight!

I Want To Hear Those Bright Songs Tonight!

Hands up…who’s not had a box set issued recently? Yes, Richard. Yes, Linda. Don’t worry now, it’s your turn anyway. Titled ‘ Hard Luck Stories (1972-1982) ’ the box comes crammed with eight CDs which reissue all their official releases, cherry pick rare tracks studio...

Roving Crows release ‘Lockdown’ EP

Roving Crows release ‘Lockdown’ EP

The Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009. Over ten years and evolving incarnations they have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine...

Time It Will Show The Wiser… Judy Dyble (1949 – 2020) passes at 71.

Time It Will Show The Wiser… Judy Dyble (1949 – 2020) passes at 71.

The mindless thing in my lung is malignant and is spreading its tendrils far and wide. So yes, I have lung cancer, and I start chemotherapy next week." It was with these stark phrases and bold intentions that Judy Dyble told us that she was suffering.  She was working...

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Given all the drastic cancellations, restrictions and general disquiet that’s gone on because of CoVid 19 it’s been on line activities and events which have at least raised a ray of hope for live music when all is restored to a modicum of normality. Of course this...

Fine Lines ahoy! New John Martyn biography hits the shelves

Fine Lines ahoy! New John Martyn biography hits the shelves

‘He lived his life the same way he made music: improvising as he went; scattering brilliance, beauty, rage and destruction in his wake. Drawing on almost 100 new interviews, Small Hours is a raw and utterly gripping account of sixty years of daredevil creativity,...

The Jayhawks Announce Collaborative New Album XOXO

The Jayhawks Announce Collaborative New Album XOXO

Seminal Minneapolis band The Jayhawks have announced their new album XOXO will release on July 10 via Sham/Thirty Tigers. Featuring their most diverse and wide-ranging group of songs to date. Recalling country-rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Jayhawks...

Lockdown Video – Honey and the Bear Share ‘Sounds of Silo’

Lockdown Video – Honey and the Bear Share ‘Sounds of Silo’

With most of us never having experienced anything quite like this pandemic before,  many of our favourite artists are turning to the internet to bring us their music, when we would normally be going to festivals and enjoying their music live. Suffolk duo Honey and the...

Skerryvore celebrate 15 years with Live Across Scotland

Skerryvore celebrate 15 years with Live Across Scotland

Multi-award-winning Scottish band Skerryvore will release their blistering new album, Live Across Scotland on Friday, 10 July 2020 to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Capturing the energy and atmosphere of the band’s live performance, Skerryvore’s first ever live...

Show of Hands to release 2020 Version of Classic – Bristol Slaver

Show of Hands to release 2020 Version of Classic – Bristol Slaver

Show of Hands, recognised as one of the finest folk roots acts in the UK, are to release a 2020 version of their classic, thought-provoking song, Bristol Slaver. In July, some 23 years after the original song appeared on their acclaimed 1997 album Dark Fields, multi...

Robert Jon & The Wreck New Album & European Tour

Robert Jon & The Wreck New Album & European Tour

With the critically lauded new album ‘Last Light On The Highway’ just released these roots rockers are hitting  Europe this Autumn with an extensive tour. With their fusion of blues, soul, country  and rock Blues legend Joe Bonamassa says the band are ‘keeping the...

Sam Carter Launches Fourth Album During Lockdown

Sam Carter Launches Fourth Album During Lockdown

In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances.  Renowned as “the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his...

Laura Marling at the Union Chapel – virtual gig 6 June 2020

Laura Marling at the Union Chapel – virtual gig 6 June 2020

LAURA MARLING will be performing a special live solo concert from Union Chapel in London on Saturday 6th June for fans in the UK and Europe. Filmed with multiple cameras in Ultra HD and with the highest quality audio, this iconic venue will be transformed into a...

Bad Touch new album and rescheduled tour dates

Bad Touch new album and rescheduled tour dates

Classic rock blues flavoured Bad Touch release  their upcoming studio album ‘Kiss The Sky’ via Marshall Records on Friday 19th June 2020. ‘Kiss The Sky’ will be supported by a rescheduled nationwide 13-date UK headline tour that kicks off at The Waterfront in Norwich...